Discover Germany, Switzerland & Austria

Neuengamme Concentrat­ion Camp Memorial:

An important site for remembranc­e

-

The Neuengamme Concentrat­ion Camp Memorial ensures we continue to remember the terror of the Nazi-crimes. It tells the story of the thousands of victims who lost their lives here.

Built by the SS in 1938, the Neuengamme concentrat­ion camp in Hamburg-Bergedorf served as north-west Germany’s main concentrat­ion camp from 1940 to 1945. The inmates were forced to do hard labour under gruelling circumstan­ces. At least 42,900 people died here. It’s a horrific piece of history, which makes it even more important to keep rememberin­g the injustice of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (the Nazi Party).

Since 2005, the site has become the Neuengamme Concentrat­ion Camp Memorial, which encompasse­s virtually the entire grounds measuring 57 hectares and includes 17 original buildings of the former concentrat­ion camp. Hence, this is one of the largest memorials in Germany. It’s not only a place for rememberin­g but also for learning, providing many opportunit­ies to explore the causes and consequenc­es of the Nazi regime.

In view of the spread of the coronaviru­s in Germany, it is with a heavy heart that the Memorial must cancel the events scheduled for the 75th anniversar­y of the liberation. The internatio­nal commemorat­ion marking the anniversar­y of the liberation of prisoners from the Neuengamme concentrat­ion camp is to be postponed to 2021. For the very latest informatio­n regarding the situation, please visit their homepage.

 ??  ?? Photo: © Iris Groschek, Copyright: Stiftung Hamburger Gedenkstät­ten und Lernorte
TEXT: MARILENA STRACKE
Photo: © Iris Groschek, Copyright: Stiftung Hamburger Gedenkstät­ten und Lernorte TEXT: MARILENA STRACKE
 ??  ?? Commemorat­ion service inside the former brickworks. Photo: © Mark Mühlhaus, attenzione photograph­ers, 2015
Commemorat­ion service inside the former brickworks. Photo: © Mark Mühlhaus, attenzione photograph­ers, 2015

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from United Kingdom